Encyclopedia of Geropsychology

2017 Edition
| Editors: Nancy A. Pachana

Age and Time in Geropsychology

  • Nanna Notthoff
  • Denis Gerstorf
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-082-7_106


Biological age; Biological clock; Historical time; Life course; Social age; Subjective age; Time perspective; Time-to-death


Following the Merriam-Webster dictionary, we define age (in a geropsychological context) as “one of the stages of life,” paying particular attention to “an individual’s development measured in terms of the years requisite for like development of an average individual” (Age 2015). Similarly, we define time (in a geropsychological context) as “a nonspatial continuum that is measured in terms of events which succeed one another from past through present to future” or “the measured or measurable period during which an action, process, or condition exists or continues” (Time 2015). In this contribution of the Encyclopedia of Geropsychology, we illustrate the multifaceted and interwoven nature of age and time.


Age and time are intricately intertwined. Processes of aging are often a product of the passage of time. Although human beings are...
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of PsychologyHumboldt UniversityBerlinGermany